"It's been no secret of mine that I'd like to get back in the rotation at some point. For right now I'm really enjoying the bullpen role that I'm in. I'm really starting to get used to it."
- Daniel Hudson
D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa had his second straight solid outing while Padres starter James Shields suffered his first loss of the season in the D-backs' 4-2 win over the Padres on Friday night at Chase Field.
For Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson, the road back from injury has brought him to an unexpected place: the bullpen. Hudson has made 23 appearances from the bullpen this season with one save and five holds. Despite his success in a new role, Hudson has made it clear where he wants to be.
The 30-year-old Diamondbacks reliever's return from Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation has gone well with seven shutout minor-league relief appearances and four shutout major-league appearances, but he will not be rushed into a more significant role.
During his out-of-nowhere rookie season, Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta recognized he had some work to do when it came to hitting left-handed pitching. He'd batted just .197 against lefties that year.
But soon enough, the D-backs will have another catcher to factor into the mix. Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez has played in three rehab games for Class A Kane County and is getting closer to a return after breaking a bone in his left hand.